SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Upstate New York is no stranger to hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and other hazards. Local Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is working with the American Red Cross to hold emergency preparedness training events.

The purpose of these events is to help community members prepare, respond and recover from weather-related disasters. One training session was held on December 9 in Schenectady.

“We do this every year but this is about the season where we do see an increase in home fires. In Schenectady alone, we have had a lot of home fire responses that we’ve been to the last couple days because it’s the season where people are turning on their furnaces for the first time,” said Mike Tripodi, Disaster Program Specialist for the American Red Cross.

The next upcoming Emergency Preparedness Trainings are set for Tuesday, December 14 at 1 p.m. and the Rotterdam Senior Center on Hamburg Street in Schenectady and Wednesday, December 15 at 1 p.m. at the Century Club on Guy Park Avenue in Amsterdam. More emergency preparedness training events can be found on the American Red Cross of Northeastern NY website.